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Storm at Keizer Manor

Narrated by: Susan Marlowe
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Storm at Keizer Manor, a triple award winning time travel romance novel.

While her boyfriend Forrest searches for a job, quick witted Annet works at the Keizer Manor where the oils from 19th century master painter Alexander Keizer are exhibited. 

After a fight, the couple strolls through the dunes. When dark clouds roll in, the beautiful sunny weather turns into a thunderstorm so violent that they get separated.

The next morning, Forrest finds himself alone. So does Annet.

Regaining consciousness in a monastery, Annet is convinced the nuns are playing a prank on her. It can't be the 1800's! She's a pregnant twenty-first century woman and doesn't belong there. But how will she get back to her own time?

©2017 Ramcy Diek (P)2019 Ramcy Diek

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Good read

Good read/listen. I do enjoy a good fictional story and time travel is always an interesting concept. The writer introduced interesting characters and kept me captivated with the story throughout the whole book. I enjoyed the narrating by Susan Marlowe.

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Entertaining plot, good narration!

I really enjoyed this little time travelling adventure - it was a little slow to start but once the heroine ends up in the past the pace picks up nicely.
Personally I enjoyed Annet’s plot line in the past a lot more than Forrest’s in the now, I related to her and I also didn’t find her particularly foul mouthed as other reviews might indicate - but then I’m European, so really this is nothing to us :)
Both plot lines are being tied up nicely in the end though.
The narration by Susan Marlowe was great - a very relaxing and easy to follow audio experience.

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Superb

What a great listen this was, not my usual genre but intriguing in a way. The story is of 2 universes or 2 parallels and starts with Annet who left high school and moved in with her lover because she just could not get on with her mothers love life and her lovers, and although Forrest her lover has a degree he cannot get a job so Annet supports him by working in the Keizer Manor with all the artwork which she loves. On the open day at the Manor, she and Forrest have an argument and while making up they take a stroll through the dunes when a storm blows in and they get separated. Annet comes too in a monastery run by nuns and although this is the 21st century and is a woman in her own right she is quite defensive and rude to the people that were looking after her, so rude in fact that she goes off and finds refuge in a run-down cottage owned by Alexander Keizer, it does take some time for Annet to adjust to this new timeline that a first was refusing to believe, but she did in the end love Alexander and was quite entertaining how she had to learn to adapt to1840 life and was told many times what she should be doing and not doing to become the lady of the household and to be seen and not heard, quite a task for this lady and in the meantime in the other parallel Forrest does his best to find out what happened to her and even takes her place at the manor Brilliant listen excellent narration, would like to know more about this author.

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An absolutely wonderful and entertaining story

I listened to this on audiobook.

The author was new to me as was the genre that this book falls under. However I loved the cover to this book which is what first appealed to me and then upon reading the blurb, I knew I had to give it a go as sounded so very good.

Suffice to say I wasn't disappointed, I really did enjoy listening to this story from start to finish. It was like nothing I'd ever read/listened to before.

I absolutely loved getting to know all of the characters especially Annet and Forest, their individual stories were bought to life and I loved how the story was told by them both in turn, flicking to the past and then the future. It was very well written and thought out, and very clever how it all comes together at the end.

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A great read for romance lovers


Spoiler alert: you have been warned!

I listened to Storm at Keizer manner on audible. The short version of my review is simply that it was a very enjoyable romance with likeable characters and a good narrator I’d give it 4 stars.

Ok here is the longer version.
My first opinion of the book was that I hated it and found Annette extremely annoying and whiney. I get that she puts up with a lot but seriously, you’re a grown ass woman, people have lives and forget things including birthdays it’s what makes us human..
However, as the story went on it was the exact things that I initially hated about Annette that made me start to love and relate to her character. And if I’m being honest, I started to retract my earlier saltiness at her reaction to the birthday, I think I’d be pretty annoyed too as much as I want to hide it.
Hunter is also likeable and a loyal character who again has flaws that make him relatable and a very likeable character, however, I’ll be honest and say I never liked him and Anette as a couple. It felt forced and wrong, which as I got further through the book I found was actually extremely clever of the author to portray it like this as when to pair finally do meet their true soul mates it hits that much harder.
I loved the storm scene and actually listened twice as I just loved the descriptions and it kept me on the edge of my seat, I actually sat in my car for an extra 10 mins to finish the chapter, it was this point in the story where I realised that I was hooked.
I’m not usually into historical fictions and I was more entranced by the love between Alex and Anette than the setting itself, I’m just a sucker for romance.
The ending of the story was well done and I loved the idea of the letters being stowed in the paintings, that was a clever idea. I also liked the fact that Hunter got his happy ending too.

it was a little predictable at points although that may be more due to the sheer amount of romance books I devour than the skill of the writer.

I enjoyed the narration and found the narrators voice soothing and enjoyable to listen to.

Over all I’d give this book 3.75 stars, it’s was an engaging and enjoyable read that I would recommend for romance lovers.

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Unique, beautiful story

I enjoyed the unique storyline with dual time periods. Placing a modern day woman in a historical setting made for some interesting conflicts. Annett, Forrest, and Alex were all wonderfully written characters. The narrator brought the story to life and did great with distinguishing between characters.

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An enjoyable listen, great story idea

I found this a relaxing escapism book, interesting enough to keep me coming back to it and looking forward to seeing what happens while not being ‘listen all night and get no sleep’ gripping (and that’s a good thing for me except on rare occasions!). I thought the story idea was super and well thought through, an enjoyable ending too. There were a few times though that I didn’t quite connect with the characters, and occasionally found myself a bit irritated by something they said or did, particularly Annette, but hey you can’t love everyone and on the whole they were well developed and believable. The narration was very good, I always knew who was speaking and the pacing was perfect, great job well done. I did have to get used to the narrator’s accent which at first I found took me from the story slightly as she has very distinct dropped ‘t’s which kept shifting my attention to the accent, but I did get used to it and noticed less after a while, it probably wouldn’t seem noticeable to an American listener. I expect it was quite a personal thing as just sounded strange to my ears and intriguing rather than bad per se. On the whole I’m glad I spent the time listening to this book and would certainly recommend it for anyone interested in the genre with a mix of modern day and historical. Great cover too! I requested a copy of this book as part of a free promotion and have chosen to leave this honest review.

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A good story

Annett gets caught in a storm with her boyfriend after a celebration of a museum Manor House where she works & is transported to another time zone. She finds herself beside the Keizer family. She’s outspoken and modern and pregnant to her modern day boyfriend.
I enjoyed this it was reminiscent to Outlander so if you enjoy that you’ll enjoy this.
Narrator was good & kept story going

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great story

loved it kept you gripped totally different and a great narrator being it to life

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Unexpected Time Travel Romance

Time travel romance is not my usual listen but the cover of this one and the description caught my eye and I was not disappointed! I will say I spent the whole audiobook wondering and trying to guess how it was going to end so I do feel this will need a second listen. Also there was so much richness and description in this story that I don't think one read/listen does it justice. This story will stay with me as the characters really grew on me. At first I didn't really like Annet, I know she was thrown into a difficult situation but she certainly didn't do it with grace, but once she settled in and made 'that' decision (I won't spoil it) I really started to warm to her. I felt mostly badly for poor Forrest but he gets his 'sort of' happy ending and what can I say about Alex but that I loved every bit of his "Mr Darcy' ish ways and personality! I would've loved more of all their stories a bit more at the end as I felt I'd invested so much at that point I wanted to see what their 'happy' looked like. I would definitely recommend this story to any sweet romance, historical romance loving readers/listeners.

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 05-09-19

10 Stars!

THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK!! I don't want to give away to much but this is a must listen! The history, time travel, and love story is enough for you to not put this book down.

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  • Shay Bresnan
  • 21-07-19

Fun time travel story

The was a fun time travel romance novel. I am a sucker for time travel books and this one did not disappoint! On a stormy night, modern potty-mouthed (and pregnant) Annette is knocked out and wakes up to find herself two centuries back in time. Her language and modern feministic views cause quite the stir.

Meanwhile, her boyfriend, Forest, is left behind to wonder about her disappearance. From there, the story is told in alternating viewpoints from Annette and Forest’s new lives.

The book grazes over some historic moments and probably isn’t true to the language at the time, so I wouldn’t recommend this for historians. However, I would recommend this for romance readers and time travel enthusiasts. I will definitely read any other books by this author!

I was given the audio version of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Mindy H
  • 05-09-19

Time travel romance done well

A great take on the time travel stories. The author does a great job developing the characters. Annet and Forrest seem to be a perfectly lovely couple. Separated by a time ending storm each carries on the best they know how. I’m hoping we soon see the another book with Forrest’s tale. The narration was smooth and consistent and helped move the story along. Great over all experience’

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  • Jann
  • 21-07-19

Excellent listen

this was a very good listen. loved the storyline and loved the narrator. I would recommend.

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  • Bethany
  • 19-07-19

Amazing story.

Ramcy Diek just blew my mind! I laughed and cried through out the entire story. Susan Marlowe nailed it with the narration! My mind is blown away! Absolutely loved this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-19

Great Time Travel Romance

I really enjoyed this story! I love time travel and this author captured the wonderful time loop of which came first! Great story and believable characters! I am an Outlander fan so this was a nice treasure to find while I wait out the new season of Outlander. The narrator’s performance was delivered well and I enjoyed listening to her.

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  • Audible lover
  • 08-07-19

A modern day Outlander

A liberated, feisty woman learns to live in mediaeval times.

The Storm at Keizer Manor was not my typical read (listen), but this is why it worked. At the time I was listening to this, Outlander was my new Netflix binge. The difference was the humor in this story. Annette took with her when she crosses times, her wit, her mouth, and her knowledge. Before crossing over, she wasn't sure how she felt about Forrest, her boyfriend and father of her unborn baby. Now, left abandoned on a stormy night, he's the one thing she needs more than anything.

Working at the Keizer Museum before crossing over, Annette knew the mansion and the man who would make it famous with his paintings, Alex Keizer. Struggling to fit in as a modern woman, along with being pregnant and unmarried, Annette fights with Alex and all the villagers backward ways.

Now comes the romance! YEAH! A fiery woman, a stubborn man...The recipe for heating things up.

While learning to become a 19th century woman, Annette grows respect for Alex and his paintings he will be known for in the future. Though Alex's father thinks it a waste. Alex is drawn to Annette's spit-fire mouth and begins to fall hard for this fiery woman who has intrigued him. In order to save both their reputations, Alex suggest they marry. But Annette still is looking to get back to the future and Forrest.

Between the romance of Alex and Annette, and Forrest searching for his lost finance, the story has many pivotal moments. I was torn between Annette staying with Alex, or finding her way back to Forrest.

The plot will keep you guessing with an ending I see a sequel.

Ramcy Diek gives us a great story with sacrifice and degrees of love, and the willingness to change for survival. Susan Marlowe's narration gave each character their personal flair and identity.

I think this is one I will discuss on my podcast.

Great story!!!



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  • Chrissy B (Books with Chrissy)
  • 15-06-19

Captivating

This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to in a while. I loved Annette, and her strength amazed me. Forrest was also uniquely loveable. Such an amazingly well told time travel romance. It left me satisfied, yet wanting more. It was extremely hard to pick a book to follow it.

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  • Joyce K. Retherford
  • 13-06-19

Exhilarating and Totally Captivating!

I absolutely crave to hear more from this fascinating family. The time warp was thrilling and totally believable.
I loved how Annet surprised the people in her new "old" world. She was so spunky and intelligent.
The romantic parts were exactly that...no vulgarity. I sure do hope there is a sequel so I can hear more from the Kaiser family. Thanks to the great author for gifting me the Audible code. The narrator has such a pleasing voice ...just right!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-20

Time travel love story

A wonderful story of Annette who lives and loves in the present, but gets taken back in time where she lives a totally different life with someone else.
Well narrated